Titans Happily Eat DeMarco Murray’s Fat Contract

March 7th, 2016
Market shaping up

Market shaping up

The running backs market just got more interesting with general manager Jon Robinson of the Tennessee Titans, close comrade of Bucs general manager Jason Licht, trading for DeMarco Murray and his fat contract.

Murray, after a superstar season with Dallas in 2015, signed for $21 million guaranteed with the Eagles a year ago.

Yes, reports tonight say Murray will restructure his contract, but that’s likely just accounting, not a change in guaranteed money. There’d be no incentive for Murray to give away guaranteed cash.

So here we have Licht’s right hand man with the Bucs last year, Robinson, trading for a running back making big bucks, so he can pair him with his very young franchise quarterback.

Where exactly does that leave Doug Martin?

41 Responses to “Titans Happily Eat DeMarco Murray’s Fat Contract”

  1. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    and we are looking at Chris Ivory?? Or is that a red herring??…Interesting..

  2. DB55 Says:

    Send DM to the dentist – he needs to improve his SMILE!

  3. Bucluck Says:


    Why should he be smiling? He hasn’t even experienced a winning season…

  4. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    Winning drastically improves a smile DB.

  5. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    scooped by bucluck

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Chris Ivory would not be starting even if signed.

  7. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Just heard and read Bucs have an interest in Lamar Miller…still a very young guy..

  8. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    Don’t think Miami is letting Miller go anywhere if they can help it.

  9. gotbbucs Says:

    If your buddy jumps off a bridge you should follow him….isn’t that how the saying goes?

    or is it, Mike Mularkey has been so successful everywhere he goes, we should do everything he does?

    Sorry, I’m bad with these little sayings.

  10. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Yup let’s just get rid of Jameis’ best weapon and relief because he wants slighlty more money than somebody who is slightly less talented.

    Pay the man. No like the Glazer’s wallets are skinny this year.

  11. Big Mo Says:

    Yes..^^^^^what gotbbucs said. Good move for Tenn. Marcus needs a RB with the offense he runs. Bucs will be a pass first team with Winston. Bucs needs a back that can block and catch stuff out of the backfield.

  12. finishers Says:

    the market will be set soon. then we will see how bad the bucs really want Martin!

  13. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    The Miller and Ivory talk is just subterfuge in my opinion…ie: we have options

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The way I look at it……fans keep saying essentially that we should simply pay Martin whatever he’s asking……without knowing what amount that is…..

    Seems pretty rediculous to me.

  15. Mort Says:

    Martin could be seeking 12 million a year for all we know.

    “Pay the man” in that scenario is just foolish. But we don’t know what he wants, so saying anything other than we do/don’t trust Jason licht to make the best decision for the franchise is a bit premature, at best.

  16. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    March 7th, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Don’t think Miami is letting Miller go anywhere if they can help it.

    He’s not returning to Miami..

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Fans want Martin, Koetter wants Martin, Jameis wants Martin & Licht wants Martin…….
    Here’s the problem…..Martin doesn’t want to accept what the Bucs are offering and the Bucs aren’t willing to pay what Martin wants (???)
    Now, once a market has been established for his services, Martin will likely give the Bucs a chance to match or better the offer.

    I would be skeptical if there was animosity….but there is none….

    So, be patient.

  18. DB55 Says:

    I remember when Peyton Manning came back from 21 against our greatest defense, it was heartbreaking but not as bad as the Bert Emmanuel catch.

  19. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    DB if you are referring to ’03 I went to bed when the score was 35 to 7 with 4 minutes to play. I woke up to find out I had missed the largest comeback in NFL history with us losing 38 to 35. I was glad for my TV that I went to bed early. Otherwise I would have been buying a new one.

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    Why are you assuming MArtin would let the Bucs match or make a better offer? Why would he do that if say…the Panthers make an offer? Or the Patriots (who are losing Blount)? Or the Seahawks? Or any winning team?

    I think making such an assumption is risky.

    I’m not saying break the bank on him…I’m just saying I suspect he played to showcase himself.

  21. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    That said…so long as a great offer from a winning team doesn’t come along, he’ll resign.

  22. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Look how Blount’s career improved when he left. Martin could have too.

  23. Guzzie Says:

    Winning teams don’t pay for players like Martin they’d rather pay to keep their own players and not overspend on contract year players, he’ll sign with us or some other loser organization

  24. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    When I say “Pay the man”, I say that because I believe in paying someone their value to the team, rather than the fair market value. I understand business and negotiating, but at the end of the day Martin is a VITAL part of what we do offensively. I do not believe we win 6 games without Martin last year. Those games he helps us win will matter if and when we start competing to be in the playoffs. I don’t understand getting rid of him and gambling on another player, all just to save a few bucks. Especially when we are a ridiculous amount below the cap floor. Are all of you seriously content to just not spend that money?

    I don’t think Martin is asking for $12M a year. He’s probably just asking for top RB money. Guess what – he’s a top RB! More importantly, he’s one of our most important players. Therefore, I am 100% fine with him getting a little more than market value. Who the hell cares if he gets DeMarco Murray money? It’s not going to hurt us financially. It won’t keep us from signing whoever else we want. But nah, let’s pinch penny’s and go 5-11 this year. At least we won’t have spent too much money on a RB. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters, right?

  25. Eric Says:

    Sets a bad tone when the organization won’t pay for production.

    We’re way under the cap.

    Where have I seen this rodeo before?

  26. Eric Says:

    Not only that Hawaiian but the best way to help out Jameis is with a good running game.

    Throwing him to the dogs without it.

    Why take such a chance?

  27. Kevin Says:

    Good point eric this team does not show a history of retaining theyre own. Thats why they have a history of losing

  28. BucFan20 Says:

    Because we have coaches and a GM that run this team for a reason . Not emotional whinny fans.

  29. jb Says:

    Michael Bennett all over again…..only worse. Doug gave his employer one of the best season long performances they could ask for. So, what do they do? Tell him to go find a better deal because they can’t afford anything close to what he wants/deserves. Is there really any wonder why season after season we’ve become a laughing stock?

  30. gotbbucs Says:

    @ Hawaiian

    If you can guarantee me that I’m getting the 1400 yard Martin and not the injured 450 yard Martin, then by all means, I’ll pay $7 million a year for a couple years.

    Only a fool pays above market value just because they want something really really bad. If Doug wants to end his career in Oakland for $8 million a year, he won’t find that money out there, but just for kicks we’ll say Oakland is that dumb, then he can leave.

    I don’t personally think Martin will find more than $4 or $5 million anually. He doesn’t catch the ball well and he doesn’t have break away speed once he hits the corner. Teams pay top dollar for game changers, not chain movers.

  31. Eric Says:

    I hope the Lovie firing wasn’t just for the Glazer boys to go into spending hibernation mode again.

  32. DB55 Says:

    SB it was unbelievable, one of Peyton’s best performances.

  33. godzilla13 Says:

    Why pay Doug Martin $8,000,000 and be tied down with his contract for the next several years when you can draft a better RB in the first round? Use the money to strengthen the team. Even if we don’t spend it now it should carry over to next year. We need to solidify our defensive and offensive lines, our secondary, a LB and receiving group. Jason Licht has key players in several position groups and just needs the right mixture of draft and FA players to put this team over the top. Players like Evans, Seferian-Jenkins and Sims are just two years away from their contract years and the big four from last year are only three years away. Be careful with signing a RB to a multi year mega deal, especially when you have that player already on your roster.

  34. cmurda Says:

    Some of you are letting your hearts cut off supply to the brain. It’s easy to feel slighted because Dougie was drafted y us and just put together an epic season. He also happened to put that season together to garner his payday and possibly only chance. I don’t fault the man for wanting to get paid. He has earned it but you can’t forget the 2 wasted years from him either or the fact that RB’s have an extremely short life span. Furthermore, none of us really know what was said between Licht and DM’s agents. DM may be adamant that he wants to move on and play for a contender. He also may be only willing to stay in Tampa if the Bucs pay a PREMIUM for him. So, imagine if that really happened and I’m not saying it did but would you want to break the bank for a guy only following the paper and not having any loyalty.

  35. Nuc if u Buc Says:

    ASJ is a bust, so that’s one less future check…..

  36. Eric Says:

    Finding another Doug Martin in the draft will be sooooooooo easy.


  37. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Daniel Lasco baby!!! That’s on my wishlist…

  38. Jaybird Says:

    You need to rewrite the headline

    The tweet from Murray’s reps clearly shows a new contract has been agreed

    “A trade & new contract has been orchestrated to make @DeMarcoMurray a member of the Tennessee @Titans.”

    So I’m thinking the fat contract got a little bit thinner

    Why would Murray take less guaranteed money. New contract, as referenced in the post, most likely is a re-working of the payout. –Joe

  39. RealBucFan Says:

    Uhhh, Charles Sims, let’s not forget he has the frame to be a every down back. He runs better and blocks better and has better hands and vision than Martin. Guy averaged 5.1 ypc last year. OPEN YOUR EYES!

  40. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Peyton still loses that game without the leaping call. It was a birthday gift for Dungy. If Dougie has no sense of loyalty, let him walk. Coaching and scheme will prove t

  41. destro44 Says:

    The Titans have veen bad for a reason, and this is another. With Mariota at Qb you have to figure the read option is party of the offense abd Murrey proved last year he does not play well in a read option offense. Bad move for the Titans